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Disney World Books

Good afternoon,

I never ever win anything. Never in my life do I win a prize or a raffle. However, today I received a phone call to say that I'd won a work competition and I won first prize of an Amazon Kindle Touch! I am chuffed simply because I won something.

Problem is, I don't read books. I have read a few autobiographies and have a few lovely disney books and that's about it. I really need to be interested in something before I can read. Short attention span lol.

My mom already has one, and Jess bought one a month ago so I can't give it away, so I thought I'd try and read something.

I am going to download Kingdom Keepers, however can anyone recommend any Walt Disney/Walt Disney World books that are available for the kindle. Ideally, i'd like history books etc but I would welcome any disney related suggestion.

Thanks in advance.

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If id won it, I would had sold it and put that money towards an iPad or even a Kindle Fire so that I could play Angry Birds... heh

As for books about Disney. There are really tons...

The Hidden Magic of Walk Disney World

The Vault of Walk

Who Was Walt Disney

Those are clickable to the eBook.

There a tons. Just check the stars... if its a high rating go for it. Most of them you can read maybe the first chapters and see if you like it or not.

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Mase wrote:
If id won it, I would had sold it and put that money towards an iPad or even a Kindle Fire so that I could play Angry Birds... heh

As for books about Disney. There are really tons...

The Hidden Magic of Walk Disney World

The Vault of Walk

Who Was Walt Disney

Those are clickable to the eBook.

There a tons. Just check the stars... if its a high rating go for it. Most of them you can read maybe the first chapters and see if you like it or not.

lol well I do already have an Ipad so rather than have different devices I think i'll stick with the ipad. I have downloaded the kindle app anyway so I can still download the books, so keep the suggestions coming.

I was half tempted to buy the new Ipad however I don't have the spare cash with my up coming trip so I will be giving it to me step dad as a birthday present Smile

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Mase wrote:
If id won it, I would had sold it and put that money towards an iPad or even a Kindle Fire so that I could play Angry Birds... heh

As for books about Disney. There are really tons...

The Hidden Magic of Walk Disney World

The Vault of Walk

Who Was Walt Disney

Those are clickable to the eBook.

There a tons. Just check the stars... if its a high rating go for it. Most of them you can read maybe the first chapters and see if you like it or not.

lol well I do already have an Ipad so rather than have different devices I think i'll stick with the ipad. I have downloaded the kindle app anyway so I can still download the books, so keep the suggestions coming.

I was half tempted to buy the new Ipad however I don't have the spare cash with my up coming trip so I will be giving it to me step dad as a birthday present Smile

Yeah... if you have an iPad, the Kindle is like going to an Atari when your used to playing on a PS3 or 360. I use iBooks... but I do have a few Kindle books too. But I'm not a big reader.

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So glad you posted this thread! I've been looking for good Disney books. I just bought the first one that was suggested.

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On my iPad 2 kindle app I have several books. I normally like to hold my books so I have hundreds. I'm new to ebooks but read the Hunger Games series and the latest Game of Thrones series. I also have The 39 clues and red pyramid and second book in that series loaded up.
I really enjoyed the Peter and the Star Catchers series, and the Kingdom Keepers series as well. I'm a huge JK Rowling fan, as well as Stephen King, James Patterson and Rick Riordan. I read often, usually two books at once.
I loved the book Mousejunkies...it's a true must read for Disney fanatics.
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I just read one called The Dark Side of Disney. Very...interesting.

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Becky wrote:
I just read one called The Dark Side of Disney. Very...interesting.

I haven't read that one, but I've heard of it. It seems like the kind of quirky read that would keep my attention. Did you like it?

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Kristen K. wrote:
Becky wrote:
I just read one called The Dark Side of Disney. Very...interesting.

I haven't read that one, but I've heard of it. It seems like the kind of quirky read that would keep my attention. Did you like it?

It kept popping up wheni bought my books. I'm interested in your opinion as well. Typical Disney fan...I want to know the dark side but I also don't want to know...keeping the happy place happy laugh
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I really enjoyed Walt Disney: An American Original.

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The Dark Side of Disney is a quick read. It kept my interest. I'm not easily offended, but I didn't think the book was offensive or ruined any sort of "magic". I think some of the topics were a stretch. But it's an entertaining read but really had no useful information for anyone. I wouldn't recommend it for anyone who hasn't been to Disney yet (I think it would leave them with a bad taste) and to Disney veterns theres really not a lot of new/useful information. It's purely entertainment.

I just started reading Disney War. If you're interested in the corporate power struggle that happened after Walt's death (but mostly during the Eisner reign) this is alright. I'm interested in corporate structure and corporate culture. I'm not that far into the book but it's readable.

I've always liked the Imagineering guides to the park. Though on an ebook, I'm not sure if I'd like it since the pictures are some of the best material.

And FYI: Hidden Mickeys is not a book to just pick up and read. It's really one of those "gotta be in the parks to read" book waiting

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The Vault of Walt is one of my fav Disney books. Fun stories about his life

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Molitva wrote:
The Dark Side of Disney is a quick read. It kept my interest. I'm not easily offended, but I didn't think the book was offensive or ruined any sort of "magic". I think some of the topics were a stretch. But it's an entertaining read but really had no useful information for anyone. I wouldn't recommend it for anyone who hasn't been to Disney yet (I think it would leave them with a bad taste) and to Disney veterns theres really not a lot of new/useful information. It's purely entertainment.

I just started reading Disney War. If you're interested in the corporate power struggle that happened after Walt's death (but mostly during the Eisner reign) this is alright. I'm interested in corporate structure and corporate culture. I'm not that far into the book but it's readable.

I've always liked the Imagineering guides to the park. Though on an ebook, I'm not sure if I'd like it since the pictures are some of the best material.

And FYI: Hidden Mickeys is not a book to just pick up and read. It's really one of those "gotta be in the parks to read" book waiting

I bought the Hidden Mickeys book and might just add it to my iPad for the parks. I read through it and you're totally right in that it's a must have/take to the parks.
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These are the Disney books I have. Most of them should be available as an e book.

Disney War by James B. Stewart
Passporter's Disney Cruise Line and Its Ports of Call
The Walt Disney World Trivia Book Vol 1 by Lou Mongello
The Walt Disney World Trivia Book Vol 2 by Lou Mongello
Birnbaum Guides 2012 Disney Cruise Line
Birnbaum Guides 2012 Walt Disney World
The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World by Susan Veness
The Unofficial Guide Walt Disney World 2012
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Walt Disney World 2010 by Doug Ingersoll
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Walt Disney World 2012 by Doug Ingersoll
The Vault of Walt by Jim Korkis
Walt Disney - The Triumph of the American Imagination by Neal Gabler
Celebrations Christmas Memories Edition

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Molitva wrote:

I just started reading Disney War. If you're interested in the corporate power struggle that happened after Walt's death (but mostly during the Eisner reign) this is alright. I'm interested in corporate structure and corporate culture. I'm not that far into the book but it's readable.

Does that cover Roy E. and the "Save Disney" Movement? I had a SaveDisney.com bumper sticker on my car for years. I would love to read more about that. As a shareholder during the rebellion it was an exciting time.

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Does that cover Roy E. and the "Save Disney" Movement? I had a SaveDisney.com bumper sticker on my car for years. I would love to read more about that. As a shareholder during the rebellion it was an exciting time.

It does devote several portions to the save disney campaign! But I haven't gotten to that part yet. So far it has discussed a bit about Roy and the tension from Ron Miller being CEO. A lot about the politics of the board, too.

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Any books devoted to exclusively MK?

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I have

Passporter's 2008 WDW guide book
The Walt Disney World Trivia Book Vol 1 by Lou Mongello
The Hidden Mickeys book by Steve Barrett
Birnbaum Guides 2012 Disney Cruise Line 2011 edition as well
Birnbaum Guides 2012 Walt Disney World 2011-1998 editions as well ( actually I've loaned a bunch of them out so I'm not sure which books I have)
The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World by Susan Veness just finished this one.
The Unofficial Guide Walt Disney World 2012 not a fan, it was almost too much info.

I want one of the Dave Smith books and the imagineers books next.

"As a shareholder during the rebellion it was an exciting time." biggrin I totally agree!
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This one has lots of useful info for brits visiting the area
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Brit-Guide-Orlando-2012-Guides/dp/0572036647/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1337859250&sr=8-1

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Spinning Disneys Word
Vault of Walt
Walt Disney : An American Original
Creating Magic

Some of my top Disney book titles!

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Thought I would revive this old thread. Currently reading. Walt Disney The triumph of the American imagination by Neal Gabler. A very interesting read. I walked into my local library last week and it was on display so I picked it up on a whim.

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I have read the Kingdom Keepers:Disney After Dark and I am currently reading Kingdom Keepers II: Disney at Dawn. I have Macro Disney: The Stories Behind the Details in the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, Keys to the Kingdom, Hidden Mickeys and In the Shadow of the Matterhorn. These are my Wish list books: Kingdom Keepers III-VII; Walt Disney: A Biography; Walt Disney; The Vault of Walt and Walt Disney: An American Original. I just got a sample of The Deadliest Cast Member: Episode One.

I have a ton of non-Disney books as well.

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The Imagineering Field guides are pretty good. There is one for each park. The one for MK is basically the Keys to the Kingdom tour.
The Dark Side of Disney was pretty interesting.
Mouse Junkies was terrible.
The Epcot Explorers Encyclopedia was fascinating.
I started the Vault of Walt but got bored.
100 years of Disney was a good bathroom read.
imagineering - A Behind the Dreams Look at Making More Magic Real is a beautiful, beautiful coffee table book.

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I'm currently reading "Moose Chapters From My Life" by Robert Sherman. He tells a lot of interesting stories from his life - his family, friends, WWII, how he and his brother teamed up and how they began working for Walt Disney. I just got to the chapter "Working for Walt".

It's hard to follow at what time in his life he is talking about as he doesn't go in chronological order.

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I'm reading the Imagineering Field Guides right now (Thanks, Colonel). Before that, I read about half of Disney War and it was really interesting a the beginning, but I got a little bored in the middle, so I put it aside for now.

I tried Marty Sklar's new book, but I didn't get very far. I'll try it again later, but I wasn't into when I first picked it up. I really want to like Jim Korkis's books (Vault of Walt, Who's Afraid of the Song of the South), but I can't get into his style.

Some that I've really enjoyed are:

Cast Member Confidential by Chris Mitchell
The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World by Susan Veness (This book is out of date, but it's still a fun read.)
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch (This has become one of my all-time favorite books. If you're not a reader, watch the video on YouTube. This guy was amazing.)
3500: An Autistic Boy's Ten-Year Romance with Snow White by Ron Miles
It's Kind of a Cute Story by Rolly Crump and Jeff Heimbuch (This one drags a little bit in the middle, but it's a great "behind the scenes of Imagineering" type of book.)

Next up on my to-read list is Mary Poppins because although I've seen the movie well over 100 times, it occurred to me the other day that I have never read the books!

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Just an observation about itunes/ibooks vs Kindle: My DH has an ipad, actually it's more of a love affair, and I have a android tablet with a 32g chip in order to load a LOT more books (the retired English teacher hasn't died in me yet). Since we like having one library, DH put the Kindle app on his ipad and we just share. In addition, our public library is now on board and we can "borrow free" from Amazon. It's really quite easy and FREE!!!! If we decide we want the book, then we go back and purchase!

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I just finished reading "The Last Lecture". I laughed, I cried, I laughed and cried some more. What a great book and an incredible man.

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I just finished reading "The Ride Delegate: Memoir of a Walt Disney World VIP Guide" by Anne Salisbury. She tells stories of some good families and not so good families during her time as a tour guide. One family checked in to Animal Kingdom Lodge and checked out four hours later because the thread count in the sheets wasn't high enough.

I downloaded another book by her "Murder in the Magic Kingdom".

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